Chad Mitchell Reunion, Part 2 (Live)
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by Chad Mitchell ~ The Chad Mitchell Trio Collection: Original Kapp Recordings ~ $12.58
- Released: March 11, 1997
- Originally Released: 1997
- Label: Folk Era Records
- 1.Waves on the Sea
- 2.Hang on the Bell, Nellie
- 3.The Whistling Gypsy
- 4.The Unfortunate Man
- 5.Tell Old Bill
- 6.Tail Toddle
- 7.What Did You Learn in School Today?
- 8.Ronnie's Boys
- 9.The Draft Dodger Rag
- 10.The Virgin Mary
- 11.Gorpus Morpus - (TRUE instrumental)
- 12.Nicaragua Song
- 13.Adios Mi Corazon
- 14.Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?
- 15.The Marvelous Toy
- 16.Intro by John Denver
- 17.Let Us Begin (What Are We Making Weapons for?)
Personnel: Chad Mitchell (vocals); Joseph Frazier, Michael Kobluk, John Denver (vocals); Paul Prestopino (guitar, mandolin); Davie "Jake" Ander (guitar).
Recording information: Spirit Square Center for the Arts, Charlotte, NC (1987).
Arrangers: Joseph Frazier; Michael Kobluk; Milton Okun; Chad Mitchell.
Like its predecessor, the Chad Mitchell Trio's Reunion, Part 2 is drawn from a concert given by Chad Mitchell, Mike Kobluk, and Joe Frazier at the Spirit Square Center for the Arts in Charlotte, N.C., in 1987, their first appearance together since the 1960s. The earlier album, Mighty Day: The Chad Mitchell Trio Reunion, contained performances of most of the trio's better-known songs, but there are a few gems left over, notably a cover of Tom Paxton's "The Marvelous Toy" (a chart hit for the group) and a rendition of the Depression-era standard "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?," plus a couple of nice surprises: "Barry's Boys," the trio's parody of 1964 right-wing presidential candidate Barry Goldwater, gets updated into a parody of 1987 right-wing President Ronald Reagan in "Ronnie's Boys"; and Bruce Cockburn's "Nicaragua" makes an appropriate and timely (for 1987) addition to the trio's repertoire. As on Mighty Day, former group member John Denver makes a cameo appearance. But here, he gives a political speech and sings a recently written political song, "Let Us Begin (What Are We Making Weapons For)," which has the odd effect of exiling the trio from the last ten minutes of its own album. ~ William Ruhlmann
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